“Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police took a report on the incident Friday morning at Wedgewood Church,” North Carolina’s wncn.com reports. “The church’s sign along busy Tyvola Road reads, ‘Stop killing, disrespecting black people.'” Here’s the message left on the sign:
The church’s leader sent WBTV a photograph of a shotgun shell in a bag along with a note that reads, “How about the no-good gangster [racial slur] who murdered my friend’s brother and wife. Should I respect them? Should I use my next shell on your sign or the gangsters? There names and pictures are all over the news.”
The note is signed, “Concerned Citizen.”
Well, if the gangsters in question pose an imminent threat of grievous bodily harm or death to the sign writer, the answer’s easy enough. Still, anyone defacing a church’s sign in this manner is unhinged. And it isn’t the first time . . .
Last week, Ayers said someone taped several white strips of paper over the word “black.” He’s concerned about the safety of his members.
“We’re a congregation that’s interracial, about half of our congregation is LGBT. We are a congregation where people have been beaten up on by the rest of society,” said Ayers . . .
“We do have a race problem in Charlotte, in the United States, and we don’t need to put our head in the sand about it,” said Ayers.
The church plans to order a digital surveillance system in hopes of deterring future vandalism.
Yes, well, I recommend that church members take further appropriate precautions, including, but not limited to bomb surveillance and armed self-defense. Has it come to that? Truth be told, it’s always been like that.